One of the main drivers of the successful season that Kentucky basketball has had is the emergence of sophomore forward PJ Washington. The 6-foot-8 wing has taken on the role as UK’s best player this season, after a solid freshman campaign.
Washington leads the team with 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on the season.
He’s shooting an impressive 51.5-percent from the field, and 41.9-percent from three, also among the best on John Calipari’s roster.
Washington played just 20 minutes against Tennessee in Kentucky’s SEC Tournament loss. He was effective in that time, scoring 16 points, but the Wildcats fell to the Vols 82-78.
Evidently, Washington is nursing some sort of injury as we approach the NCAA Tournament.
PJ Washington’s father and Kentucky have confirmed rumors that the star forward is wearing a walking boot.
According to all parties, it is precautionary.
PJ Washington wearing a walking boot for “Precautionary reasons” according to UK
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 19, 2019
Paul Washington, the sophomore’s father, told the Courier-Journal that there will be an update on his son’s health on Wednesday from Jacksonville, where the Wildcats play their first NCAA Tournament game.
The No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region will face No. 15 Abilene Christian on Thursday at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The game will be broadcast on CBS, and is set for a 7:10 p.m. ET tip-off.
The Kentucky-Abilene winner advances to face the winner of No. 7 Wofford and No. 10 Seton Hall. The Pirates beat Kentucky in a wild game at Madison Square Garden earlier this year.
North Carolina is the top seed in Kentucky’s region.